Merry Christmas!

by Jenn on December 25, 2013

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Wishing you and all your loved ones all the best this holiday season. Eat well, laugh heartily, and celebrate with an open heart :)


Nothing Gold can Stay

by Jenn on December 17, 2013

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Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.

– Robert Frost


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Willimantic River

I never know what to expect when we make these big trips back home to see family. How will the baby handle the 8+ hr plane ride over the ocean? Will she get into a normal-enough sleep schedule okay after a 6 hr time zone shift? Will she make the connection that even though she’d never met my father, sister, brother-in-law, or nephew before, that these were the very same people she’d chatted with through the computer (thanks, Skype) her entire life? Would this place I used to call home, that still makes my heart sing – would this place become special to her as well? And most importantly (ok, not really, ha) could Ryan and I ever enjoy enough Mexican and BBQ food during our short stay to make up for the depressing dearth of such cuisines in Europe? :)

It may have been quite a grand holiday out to the US, but we kept life simple. We hung out with family, enjoyed a couple Thanksgiving dinners even, went for walks out in the chilled morning mist, watched some much-missed American football, and spent as much time as I could with my sister and her family after not being able to see each other in person for over two years. Oh yes, and we had to go out to eat to order fajitas just a few times :)

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Happy Thanksgiving

by Jenn on November 28, 2013

in Photography

Chocorua Camping Village, New Hampshire

A Proclamation.

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defense  have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the Unites States the Eighty-eighth.

Abraham Lincoln

New Hampshire 2009

 Wishing you and yours a wonderful and joyous Thanksgiving, full of good food, smiles, and memories to cherish.


This is the second of a two-part photo essay series on the city of Aracena and surrounding countryside.
See part one, or continue exploring the beauty of this region of Andualusia below.



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This was the Andalusia we encountered last month in Spain. My heart is still there, basking in the sunshine up in the hills.

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